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11.03.2009 General News

Mills rewards Radio Gold

By The Statesman

President JEA Mills, rewarding those who helped in diverse ways, including the spewing of half truths and lies, has nominated James Agyenim Boateng, a presenter of Accra-based Radio Gold, as a Deputy Minister of Information.

Its General Manager, Baffoe Bonnie, is now an official in the Vice President's office.

The station, reportedly owned by the Ahwoi brothers, is widely seen and perceived by many to be pro-NDC.

For the eight years that the now opposition New Patriotic Party was in government from 2001-2009, the station was an avowed critic of the government and served as the main electronic media conduit for the launching of attacks on the NPP.

Again, the station was very instrumental in whipping up tribal and ethnic sentiments during last year"s electioneering campaign.

In the heat of the elections, the station called on NDC supporters to hit the streets and demand that the Electoral Commission declares Prof Mills winner of the Presidential polls.

Mr Agyenim Boateng has been a regular morning show host of Radio Gold for years and had reportedly resisted several attempts by some other radio stations in Accra to poach him.